Inspired by the Lebanese street food of his youth, Ziyad Hermez opened Manousheh (193 Bleecker Street, 347-971-5778) along a busy stretch of Greenwich Village. Named for the crisp-edged flatbread that’s as popular in Beirut as pizza is here, his cheery shop sells eight varieties of the baked-to-order snack.
Enter and inhale the aromas of charred dough freshly sprung from the flames and often perfumed with zaatar, the popular Middle Eastern spice blend of thyme, sumac, and sesame seeds. An otherwise nude flatbread dusted with the spice will run you $5, while a wrap stuffed with avocado, cherry tomatoes, Lebanese olives, cucumbers, and mint fetches $8. Best of all may be the $6 jibneh, which melts gooey akkawi cheese — milder and creamier than feta — onto manousheh. Fold the halves like a slice of pizza to eat New York–style, or get additional toppings like mint and cucumber to jazz up this magnificent cheap-eats entrant.
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